Why Buying Medication Via Spam Emails is a REALLY Bad Idea

Pharmacy spam still comprises a large proportion of the spam emails that hit our inboxes daily.  It still works and works well. Obviously, at least a few recipients DO respond to these emails and buy products from the sites the emails link to. Here I discuss why buying meds via pharmacy spam is  something you should NEVER do.

Pharmacy Spam Email

Several of my junk email accounts are inundated daily by all manner of spam. And probably at least half of this spam is attempting to sell me various types of medication.  Just click the link to visit our ‘trusted medstore’, claim the messages. Just click to get weight loss medicine, mental health remedies,  allergy medication, antiviral drugs, antidepressants, and – of course – all manner of ‘sex pills’.  All for cheap and delivered by post directly to your home.

Perhaps it might sound tempting. But you should NEVER buy drugs from these outfits.  Here’s why:

  • You can  get medication without the need of a doctor’s prescription. That might sound like a benefit, but you might end up with medicine that is ineffective – or worse –  detrimental to your health. The medicine you buy might interact with other medications you are taking with serious repercussions. The medicine you self-prescribe and buy via one of these spam sites may cause unexpected – and potentially serious – health issues because of existing medical conditions you may have. Your doctor will know about these potential conflicts and prescribe safe medication based on your personal medical history and individual requirements.  The grubby little lowlife who sent you the spam email knows nothing about you and cares not one iota about your health. So long as you give him money he cares not a whit what his dodgy products might do to you.
  • You have no way of knowing if the medicine you buy is of an acceptable quality. It could be a cheaply made knock off of another brand. It may have been manufactured without any quality controls and may not even have the correct amount of active ingredients. And, it might contain other unsafe ingredients or contaminants added during the manufacturing process.  In fact, it could even be a totally different type of medication than what you were expecting. These issues could have serious impacts on your health.
  • To buy the products, you have to trust the people who run such spam pharmacy websites with your credit card details, name, home address, and other personal information. Remember that these outfits are operated by people unscrupulous and unethical enough to engage in spam campaigns and use all sorts of deceptive and underhand tactics to get you to buy their products. These people are criminal spammers and certainly should not be trusted with your personal and financial information under any circumstances.
  • And, last but certainly not least, by purchasing products from these spammers, you are actively supporting and condoning their business model. This means that those of us who never buy from spammers still have to put up with garbage filled inboxes. In short, the thoughtless actions of a minority of recipients means that the Internet continues to be inundated with spam. If nobody bought from spammers ever, the problem would just go away.

So, no matter how tempting a ‘deal’ or ‘bargain’ may seem, please do not buy from pharmacy spammers. Or any other type of spammer, for that matter.  Remember the golden rule: ‘Don’t buy from spammers. EVER!’


Last updated: March 14, 2016
First published: March 14, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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